Girl, 9, dies after being pulled from Lake Michigan at Marquette Beach in Gary, Indiana

First responders used human chain, helicopter to find child

ByABC7 Chicago Digital Team via WLS logo
Tuesday, July 12, 2022
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A 9-year-old girl has died after she was pulled from Lake Michigan near Marquette Beach in Gary, Indiana Tuesday afternoon.

GARY, Ind. (WLS) -- A 9-year-old girl has died after she was pulled from Lake Michigan near a beach in Gary, Indiana Tuesday afternoon.

She was with a 14-year-old girl who was rescued by beachgoers who saw the girls struggling in an unguarded portion of Marquette Beach, according to the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources. But the 9-year-old girl slipped under and couldn't be located.

Gary police said first responders formed a human chain to search for the younger girl while the Lake County Sheriff's Department helicopter searched overhead, eventually locating her.

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The 9-year-old girl was pulled from the lake and received CPR before she was taken to a nearby hospital, police said.

Indiana DNR officials said the girl was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Her name has not yet been released.

The 14-year-old girl was treated at the scene and released, IDNR said.

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